5 Fun Facts about Disney That Will Shock You!

Everyone loves Disney. And it's with good reason, right? It's a fun and happy place where anyone and everyone can channel their inner child. Not too mention, it's an absolute dream for every kid to be able to visit Disney! It seems that no matter where you look or turn at Disney there's a character waiting to hang out with you and get their picture taken or some sort of mouth-watering food item just waiting to be eaten. It's entirely impossible to be able to see everything that Disney has to offer in just one day. As a matter of fact, you could probably spend an entire week there and still not see everything! And while there are a lot of shocking and unique things when it comes to Disney, some facts are just a little bit more shocking than others. If you are looking for a few fun facts about Disney that are certain to shock you, you've come to the right place. 

Beauty and the Beast at Disneyland

5 Fun Facts about Disney That Will Shock You

Princess castle at Disneyland

When Disney World first opened in 1971, the average ticket cost to get in the gate was around $3.50. 

Now? Try more like $120ish per person. That's a huge increase in the cost of being able to enjoy the happiest place on Earth! Can you imagine being able to take a trip to Disney and paying under $5 per person? Sign me up for that vacation deal! Talk about an amazing price for an amazing park!

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Have you ever wondered how many people visit Walt Disney World each and every year? 

While the number can vary depending on the climate, economy, etc., it's estimated that annually 48 MILLION people visit Walt Disney World each and every year. Wow! Seriously, that's a huge hub for tourism, right? Not only is that a ton of foot traffic going in and out of the park, but that's even more revenue when the tickets to get in the gate is over $100 per ticket! 

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When it's said that there's no way to explore everything that Disney World has to offer in a day, it's no joke! Disney World alone is over 27,000 acres in size. Let that sink in for just a moment... For comparison purposes, it's been said that it's roughly the size of San Francisco. It all makes sense now of how it's utterly impossible to be able to see everything that Disney World can offer in just one day. And like I said earlier, a week of straight walking around may be a stretch as well. 27,000 THOUSAND acres!

Walt Disney World employs over 70,000 castmates. 

Not only is it a huge employer for the state of Florida, it's actually the largest single-site employer located in the entire United States. Talk about a great boost to the local economy! And if you truly stop and think about all the positions that they have to fill, it's no surprise that they have so many employees. Princesses, characters, maintenance, customer service, ride operators, food workers...and the list could go on and on!

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Walt Disney actually grew up in a small town in central Missouri. After he was born in Chicago, he moved to the small town of Marceline, Missouri which he held near and dear to his heart throughout this life. Even to this day, Marceline is still just a small town of just over 2,000 people. What an amazing story to think of the history and inspiration for Walt Disney to start and prosper from such a small town. And if you visit this town today, they have a museum and many things dedicated to him and his memory.

The beautiful thing about Disney is that the more that you learn about it, the more surprising and interesting information you can find. And trust me when I say that there are a TON of amazing and shocking facts about Disney that are out there! Have fun doing your own research and seeing what you can find out about the "happiest place on Earth". What you find out may truly shock you!

Want to treat yourself at Disney without breaking the bank? Here are the best treats at Disneyland for under $5! Want to make your own Disney souvenirs? Here are some Disney souvenir ideas you can make to take with you on your trip!

Space Mountain Tomorrowland vintage t-shirt for Disneyland

Don't miss this retro Disneyland t-shirt I made for my son for our trip using a vintage poster design and my silhouette!

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1 comment

Marcie C said...

It's always so crazy to see the price difference! We're heading to WDW for the first time later this year and we're so excited!

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